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. back to our top story. all eyes on washington where president obama will meet with congressional leaders to make one more attempt to craft a deal to avert looming tax hikes and spending cuts. with most of the hoist members on vacation until sunday night, no plan in sight. how much can actually be accomplished. susan fereccio joins us now. chief congressional correspondent for the "washington examiner". we're seeing dianne feinstein there on the senate floor. it is vacant on the house side. so in truth how much is really going to get done? >> well, gregg, a lot of this negotiations are really taking place between the leadership levels right now. we don't really have to worry about what is happening on the house floor. it's about what is going on at the white house. now, the president today is going to meet with congressional leaders from both parties, both chambers. they will sit down. they will talk about a potential deal. the president might offer something that maybe the republicans could go for. it wouldn't be a sweeping deal. gregg: like what? >> might be something smaller. w
obama will meet with the country's top law americas at the white house to try to reach a deal. doug luzader is following the details for us live in washington with more. what are webbings pekting today? >> maybe a break through maybe not. these are the players that are going to be meeting here. they are hoping to break the law we have been looking at for weeks if not months but has anything really changed? that's ultimately the question. the president returned to washington breaking free from his christmas vacation a few days early. it is not clear that any one's positions have changed at least not based on what we are hearing from senate leaders. >> the house of representatives as we speak with four-days left after today aren't here with the speaker having told them they will give them $40 notice. >>> i can't image their consciousness. they are out wherever they are around the country. we are here trying to get things done. >> this is a conversation we should have had months ago. republicans aren't about to write a blank check or anything senate democrats put forward just because w
ago, nancy pelosi exiting the meeting with president obama and the republican leaders as well as harry reid and tim geithner e we have bearn boehner who left, nancy pelosi waiting for her suv and she'll take off. she won't speak, she won't come in front of a camera. we're waiting to see if the other lawmakers inside come and let us know what's going on. rich edison is outside the white house right now. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner, and nancy pelosi just left the white house so the meeting has wrapped up. still waiting to see if the senate leaders come out. an official saying the president opened the meeting up by offering essentially what he started negotiations with, so no word if they made progress on anything further to get this resolved. if not, it's bad news considering this is a pposal that republicans say could not have pass the house, probably not pass the senate if you have to go with of say 60 vote threshold. >> the fact both the house leaders left without taking a microphone, is that a bad sign? >> we may have lost his audio. again, we'll let you know nancy pelosi
. ♪ >> harris: updating some of our top stories tonight. president obama set to meet with mouse and senate leaders from both parties tomorrow to work out a deal hopefully to avert the fiscal cliff. and former president george h.w. bush remains in intensive care at a houston hospital after a series of health setbacks. >>> and the former president among those tonight mourning the death of the legendary american general storm norman schwarzkopf. he booted saddam hussein's forces out of kuwait in the he died in central florida. the assignment the last chanter in an extraordinary olive of service. general schwarzkopf was one of the most well known commanders in modern mill tare arery history. >> he most certainly was. his command of the gulf war inspired me to become a war correspondent. although he had a long connection with that region. he was obviously -- famous for being commander of the forces during the golf war. he had gone to school in tehran and iran as a kid. they were stationed there. schwarzkopf guided military school before serving in the south vietnamese airborne division. by the
to the white house this afternoon to meet there with president obama. lawmakers are increasingly looking at the period following the december 31st deadline we're told to come up with a fix to avoid massive tax hikes and spending cuts, affect lives of nearly every american many economists say could plunge the economy into another recession. chief white house correspondent ed henry live with the latest. so in this meeting, ed, is there any hope they will accomplish anything? >> reporter: well it is pretty low expectations, jon. what we're expecting when you talk to top officials of both parties the president will offer a scaled back plan, something he laid out lines friday before christmas here in the white house briefing room before he went to hawaii. where he said look, we have to scale back expectations. basically just extend middle class tax cuts. don't worry about the rates for everyone else. secondly extend unememployment insurance for about two million people who will be losing it a few days from now at the end of the year. finally he refer to possibility of smaller bit ever spendin
that's what president obama is talking about this morning. >> the president spoke to nbc's meet the press about the urgency for congress to act and placed the blame on republicans. >> we have been talking to the republicans ever since the election was over. they have had trouble saying yes to a number of repeated offers. yesterday i had another meeting with the leadership and i suggested if they want kant to a comprehensive package let's at minimum make sure people's taxes don't go up and 2 million people don't lose unemployment insurance. i was optimistic yesterday but we don't see an agreement now the pressure is on congress to produce. if they don't what i have said is in the senate we should introduce legislation that would make sure middle class taxes stay where they are. >> donald trump will react to the current state of the negotiations at 7:00 a.m. eastern. >>> time now for your 5@5:00. the top five stories making news at this hour and a fox news alert. she was supposed to be back on the job this week but hillary clinton is now in the hospital. a spokesman says a blood c
. president obama this morning told "meet the press" the u.s. now has some "very good leads" about who carried out the deadly strike. >> there was sloppiness, not intentional in terms of how we secure embassies in areas where you essentially don't have governments that have a lot of capacity to protect the embassies. so we are are doing a thorough review. not only will we implement all of the recommendations that were made but we will try to do more than that. with respect to who carried it out, that is an ongoing investigation. the fbi has sent individuals to libya repeatedly. we have some very good leads, but this is not something that i'm going to be at liberty to talk about right now. >> the attacks, of course, killed four americans including u.s. ambassador christopher stevens. it happened back in september. how is it now that we are getting "good lead is" four months later and why haven't there been any arrests? joining us is the former ambassador to the united nations and fox's contributor are john bolton who joins us every sunday about this time. ambassador, good morning. >> good morni
on the inside negotiation over the fiscal cliff. i said this. referring to president obama. ol' office meeting he told mr. boehner that if the sides didn't use the agreement he would use the inaugurate address and "state of the union" to sell country the republicans at fault. he said i put $800 billion in tax revenue on the table. what do i get for that? you get nothing. >> he knows the republicans are fractured and i think the debate who will lead is ridiculous. nothing is going to come out of the house or the senate. president will decide what will be in the senate. the entire objective was not to pass anything to help with the debt or deficit. to destroy the republicans in the house. create a civil war. that is what he did. he would not compromise on tax rate. he himself said a year ago. but he insisted on the rates knowing it would cause the kind of civil war in the house. the objective now of fracturing the one element in washington this could stop the agenda in the second term succeeded. he put out the patch plan to raise rates on those earning $250,000 and extend unemployment. if that i
cliff. president obama summoned the house and senate and the meeting just got under way. if they cannot reach a deal, taxes go up on all of us. analyst warning the cutts could be devastates. the impact on all 1k, the dow down 94 points, the fourth or fifth straight day in a row the dow is down. down over 300 points over the past five days. let's get to mike emanuel on capitol hill. how much stock are lawmakers putting in the white house meeting? >> depends who you ask. some republicans expressed concern it may be for show, essentially going to the white house, having a big meeting that everybody's talking about for the appearances that they're doing something. other suggest it's critical because time is running out. >> the window may be ajar but it's not wide open. and unless it closes -- or opens entirely today and there's a deal, it's more likely to close than stay open. in other words, if we don't have a deal in the next 24 hours, the question is where do you buy a parachute. it looks like we'll be going over the cliff. the closer we get to the end, the less likely it is you're going
: i'm art article. 11th how-hour scrambling after a meeting with president obama and leaders from the house and senate with high noon fast approaching, president is pushing to seal the deal. >> modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. nobody is going to get hundred percent of what they want. let's make sure that middle-class families and the american economy and in fact the world economy are not adversely impacted because people can do their can't do their jobs. >> arthel: now the latest. >> discussions are ongoing but we shouldn't expect any announcements before senators are briefed. key players are pretty tight-lipped. after a white house meeting yesterday, one of the top negotiators sounded hopeful. >> we had a longs meeting in the white house, very constructive. we hope that it will bear fruit. i think that the next 24 hours will be very instructive as to what we're able to accomplish. >> reporter: sources say john boehner referred to his senate colleagues and told them house leaders would consider their plan. one item raising the debt limit is not expected to be
a crucial meeting on friday, between president obama and the leaders of the house and senate and urged lawmakers to urge them to do whatever it takes to cut a deal. >> i'm modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. nobody is going to get 100% of what they want, but let's make sure that middle class families and the american economy and the world economy aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is live in washington with the latest, mike. >> heather discussions are underway and i'm told we should not expect any news or announcements before senators are briefed tomorrow afternoon. after a meeting with the president late friday, the senate majority leader sounded cautiously optimistic. >> we have one meeting in the white house that was very constructive and we hope it will bear fruit and that's what we hope to learn. i think that the next 24 hours will be very instructive as to what we're able to accomplish. >> reporter: sources say house speaker john boehner deferred to senate colleagues and told him hous
, president obama is going to meet with the congressional leaders today . one of these meetings "i think lindsay graham saying these are usually dog and pony shows. either you have a deal done meetings that are called in the white house or it is just for show. what do you think? >> kelly: i talked to a bunch of congress people yesterday who said there is a group in the house. republicans in the house that said we can't raise taxes and we shouldn't raise them at all but can't do more than john boehner's plan b, and didn't go to a vote. >> one for million. icle >> it would raise you billion in revenue. they were not for it in the first place but maybe get something through if obama willing to cut. obama administration said if you pass it in the house and september passed it, obama would veto it anyway. they are so far apart. this i am flying back from hawaii and see if i can bring them back together. they are far apart as they have been. >> kelly: why are they having the meeting? because of the talk and rhetoric is ramping up and the agreement is going down. i mean, for example, senate maj
obama on "meet the press." the notion that this was sloppiness, is that what it was? >> i don't think so at all. what troubles me is the mindset of the president that it reveals that the death of four americans is just something that with a few minor alterations you can clean up. that's what sloppiness employs that things are basically okay but a few mistakes were made by unnamed individuals. the fact is that the ideology of the administration, the world view they have is that things in libya were going fine, we were moving toward a normal status in that country and thrfort repeated requests by embassy tripoli for enhanced security were denied. and we still don't know, not from the state department's internal review panel. not from the reports that congress issues. why it was that the state department continually rejected these requests for more assistance that led to the tragedy on 9/11. it's a very disturbing statement by the president that reveals a lot more troubling aspects of the way our people overseas are being protected. rick: some good leads is how the president described the i
they didn't go to the cameras after the this meeting here with president obama. that would not be good signs. >> whatever we come up with is going to be imperfect. not people aren't going to like it. some people will like it less. >> this is a total derelectino due of duty at every level. >> try and get at least a small package, at least a small deal together before the new year. >> if we don't have a deal within the next 24 hours, the question is where do you buy a pair of shoes? >> greta: senator bob corker joins us. you said it is a total dereliction of duty at every level. >> we still haven't even behe gun to deal with the issues causing the fiscal insolvent say we are facing and that is the entitlements. nothing has been discussed. it is not on o the table. we are not going to deal with it this year. it will be the issue we deal with running into the debt ceiling around mid march to the economy will continue to have a pail over it because we have not dealt with the issue that our nation needs to face up to right now. >> greta: shouldn't the american people be absolutely fuhr russ with w
's the amount coming in. i want to ask but this, second term, because president obama yesterday on "meet the press" was asked about this question, what does he think his top priority is for his second term? and he said immigration reform is his top priority. listen. >> so what is your single priority of the second term? what is the equivalent to health care? >> well, there are a couple of things that we need to get done. i've said that fixing our broken immigration system is a top priority. i will introduce legislation in the first year to get that done. i think we have talked about it long enough. >> clayton: obviously a huge thing that needs to get done. should that be his top priority? what about jobs. >> juliet: a top priority. >> he didn't really say that. he said it was a priority. >> clayton: he said that before he got elected the first time. >> right. and it is a top priority. and the republicans ought to take the lead. they have to get smart. they can not have what happened to them with immigration and other issues sabotage their elections. you look at what's going on and frankl
and daughters in hawaii. the vice president is scheduled to be here today for meetings. don't forget the obama administration and congress have the debt ceiling hanging over them. the u.s. set to hit the borrowing limit of over $16 trillion by the end of the year. there's a lot going on at 2012 winds down. in congress, the senate is in session, the house is not. it's the first time either chamber has been in session for business between christmas and new year's since 1970. >> trace: so they're coming back to work. the president probably wished he stayed in hawaii because not much has changed. >> both sides are waiting for the other to make the first move. senate republicans are ready to look over a plan the democrats put forth but they say there's no plan. this morning the top senate democrat, harry reid, chided the top house republican, john boehner, nor not calling the house legislators back into zes speaker boehner should call them back today. he shouldn't have let them go in fact. they're not here. they are not here. john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keepin
-stakes meeting at the white house between president obama and congressional leaders on the fiscal crisis. the talks are a last-ditch effort to avoid spending cuts and tax hikes from 90% of american households. mike emanuel is live on capitol hill where all the action is taking place. is there a lot of action? there is a lot of buzz on capitol hill. mitch mcconnell, who will be attending a white house meeting told us a few moments ago that we are always the running out of time. chairman max baucus, the democrat says that he thinks this will fiscal cliff matter comes down as one white house meeting two hours from now. another top senate republican said a short time ago that he was calling on president obama to lead. >> the president is not a senator anymore. he's a president. just as president reagan worked to deal with tip o'neill and bill clinton and president eisenhower, we need leadership on not just taxing rich people, but we contact them and it wouldn't help the medicare fiscal cliff. greg: others are skeptical, noting that high-profile meetings are for show often times and all about
the president tried for weeks to get agreement on plan "a," $4 trillion debt creel. mr. obama has taken initiative to bring plan "c" to the meeting today. >> this is not for show. this is a last ditch effort by the president to bring congressional leaders together to get at least a small deal together before the new year to avoid some of the tax parts of the fiscal cliff. it would keep tax cuts for the making $250,000 a year or less, extending unemployment benefit and with the clock ticking delay dramatic spending cuts until next year. >> i asked leaders of congress to work toward the package to prevent tax hike on middle class americans protects unemployment surance for 2 million americans. lays the groundwork for work on growth and deficit reduction. that is an achievable goal. >> today's meeting is the first with the president since november 16. sign for republicans that mr. obama has not really been pushing that hard for a deal. >> we need presidential leadership on in the just taxing rich people. >> three words the president did not use. he did not use the word sequester and he did
tween the principal negotiator for an intern meeting something else whether or not president obama will wrap up the fiscal cliff talks next week. >> time now to entertain this. it is official jessica simpson expecting another baby. the 32-year-old celebrity tweet add photo of her daughter sitting in front of a sign drawn in the sandwich says big sis. cute little girl isn't she? the announcement comes 7 months after giving birth to that little girl her first child. it has been a good year for hollywood 2012 marched through the industry's highest year on record for 1 billion in ticket sales. is rock and roll hazardous to your health? it might be. you to those playing it. researches in inge lantd studying more than 1500 musicians famous between 1956 and 2006. they found 137 of nthem or 9.2 percent of them were dead. that is a higher mortality rate than those in the general population. >> time to look at the sports stories new season but same results. lebr lebron james and the heat. suddenly the lashgs can't lose. 194 for the fourth straight win. they are back for 500 for the season. k
on engaging iron and supporting defense spending cuts. on "meet the press" in morning president obama apparently while he didn't say he would name him said he saw nothing in the criticism to block him. senator graham, are republicans going to block chuck hagel if he is the nominee? >> i think a lot of republicans and democrats are concerned about his views on iran sanctions and hamas and hezbollah and that there is wide and deep concern about his policies. all of us like him as a person. it will be up to the president to make the selection. the hearings will matter. they will matter a lot to me and if he sends chuck hagel up there will be a confirmation hearing of consequence. >> chris: you are not prepared to say the republicans would put a hold on his nomination or philly bust. >>> i can tell you there would be very little republican support for his nomination. at the end of the day, very few votes. >> chris: senator feinstein you are going to introduce legislation this week on the first day of the new congress on thursday to ban assault weapons and magazines that hold more than ten
live on the record. greta, take it away. >> this news alert. an emergency meeting tomorrow at the white house. president barack obama, speaker of the house john boehner, house minority leader nancy pelosi, harry reid and mitch mcconnell. can they make a deal or can they do their jobs or is this just more political drama? >> we want an agreement. >> the count down is midnight. the start of a new year. >> we are going over the cliff because frankly i believe it's what the president wants. >> the american people are waiting for the ball to drop, but it's not going to be a good drop. >> but we have no takers. >> every republican, every democrat ought to be here. >> the phone never raining. >> they should negotiate a plan. they shouldn't have the mine are in plan, they should have the biglan. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> the republicans are sitting there with a nuclear weapon. they have the debt ceiling coming up. they can use that as part of this negotiation. >> what is going on here? >> the president called me and probably called others
: well, you know what, peter? there's not lost love between boehner and president obama. are they going to meet? >> reporter: they might, gregg. the speaker is expected to return to washington soon but we still don't know of a specific time set aside on his calendar to meet with the president. actually the last we heard from the speaker he said that since voters in november picked republicans to control the house, he is going to stay true to his party's principles in december in the course of making any kind of a compromise. >> the american people reelected president obama on election day. they also reelected a republican majority here in the house. in doing so they gave us all a mandate. it was not a mandate to raise taxes on families and small businesses. it was a mandate to work together to begin solving the massive debt that threatens our country's future. >> reporter: the house and the senate will both be back in session tomorrow and the president has said he expects them to quickly vote to pass legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff, if, he and the speaker are able to make a deal b
conference. >> at yesterday's white house meeting, president obama did not offer negotiators anything new. he just tried to sell them on the same plan he outlined last friday, being called plan c. since the president's plan a and speaker boehner's plan b both failed to gain traction. plan c would extend middle class tax rates and we're told the senate wants to tweak exactly who counts as being in the middle class. maybe even raising the income threshold and the white house is apparently willing to go as high as 4 or $500,000 a year. plan c would expand unemployment benefits for the 2 million people set to lose them at the end of this year. it would include a small amount of spending cuts but would not touch entitlements like medicare and not deal with the debt limit right now. >> i am modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. nobody is going to get 100% of what they want. but let's make sure that middle class families and the american economy and in fact the world economy are aren't adversely affected because people can't do their jobs. >> and today lawmakers are in staff level m
of the other governors have said no thank you. >> absolutely. we are having a tough time meeting our other obligations. as we see health care continue to go up in terms of cost, we are already seeing the affects of obama care because as you know there were certain provisions that have already taken affect. and we are having to include extra millions of dollars in our state budget this year just to cover the extra costs that have already been imposed upon us through our state employee health benefit plan. >> governor, it is great to have you here, and for making a clear explanation as to why you are saying you are not going to participate. hope you have a great 2013 in georgia and we look forward to seeing you soon. >> likewise. thank you. >>> he says the president couldn't get his environmental agenda passed, but he will force it through regulations. one of the senate environmental committee members, he will be talking about the problems those regulations could cause for all of us in 2013. stay with us. want to know what i did in the last five hours? i played a round of golf. then i read a
have secret meetings that he gets to explain what happened, he loseses because the establishment press buys his story. >> grover, comment -- weigh in on president obama saying when speaker boehner offered $800 billion in increased revenues and president obama saying no, i get those for free. >> well, we've only been through this three times in 1982, reagan got taken. he put tax increases on the table. democrats took the tax increases. spending went up. eight years later bush offered $2 of tax increases for every dollar of -- i'm sorry, $2 of spending cuts for every dollar of tax increase. the cuts never happened. increases did. boehner was offered one to one. not only are phony spending cuts phony, they get smaller each time. >> keep moving the goal post. >>> grover, we have to leave it there. thank you. >> okay. >>> imagine every shipping port from massachusetts to texas shut down. nothing gets in or out. unions mobilizing to strike this weekend. if they don't get their way, will everyone pay? [ male announcer ] it's simple physics... a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a bo
weapons unclear of who is in possession of those. prime minister. secret meeting to discuss what might be done about chemical weapons. not to do anything is also a choice. >> spoke to caroline glick, editor of "yum post" this morning and he is called the obama policy, using her words not mine insane. the small footprint leading from behind. if you weigh it against 19 years of the united states that we ran yesterday with young men coming home with no limbs, americans are tired of war and tired of thevo in the that part of the world. >> true. but 11 years of all-out war and zero. there is something in between. the footprint in libya is partial one. as a result, we succeed. it's where al-qaeda affiliates are and ambassador were slain. that is fruits of staying out as well. in syria, at the end they are going where? to russia. moscow. for 30 years if you had a problem in the middle east. the worst part is by not supplying the rebels we allow saudis and qatari to funnel to jihadist rebel. that is why the jihadists now have the upper hand. why we are looking at the prospect of radical al-qae
obama met with congressional leaders for several hours at the white house today to try to hammer out a deal before taxes go up on more than 160 million americans. after the meeting, the president presented a new plan to avoid the cliff and said he was modestly optimistic. >> we had a constructive meeting today. senators reid and mcconnell are discussing a potential agreement where we can get a bipartisan bill out of the senate over into the house and done in a timely fashion so that we met the december 31st deadline. given how things have been working in this town we have to actually wait and see until it actually happens. the one thing that the american people should not have to wait and see is some sort of action. so if we don't see an agreement between the two leaders in the senate, i expect a bill to go on the floor. and i have asked senator reid to do. this put a bill on the floor that makes sure that taxes on middle class families don't go up, that unemployment insurance is still available for 2 million people, and that lays the groundwork then for additional deficit reduction
meeting to discuss what might be done about chemical weapons. not to do anying is also a choice. >> spoke to caroline glick, editor of "yum post" this morning and he is called the obama policy, using her words not mine insane. the small footprint leading from behind. if you weigh it against 19 years of the united states that we ran yesterday with young men coming home with no limbs, americans are tired of war and tired of thevo in the that part of the world. >> true. but 11 years of all-out war and zero. there is something in between. the footprint in libya is partial one. as a result, we succeed. it's where al-qaeda affiliates are and ambassador were slain. that is fruits of staying out as well. in syria, at the end they are going where? to russia. moscow. for 30 years if you had a problem in the middle east. the worst part is by not supplying the rebels we allow saudis and qatari to funnel to jihadist rebel. that is why the jihadists now have the upper hand. why we are looking at the prospect of radical al-qaeda like syria as a result. we didn't do anything to up support non-jihadi rebe
into the closed door g.o.p. meeting he was just going to leave our interview to go into and potentially more news before we get off the air if we hear back from him. we'll check in. meanwhile, president obama making new remarks about the terror attack in benghazi, libya, saying we have some quote, good leads on who was behind the attack that killed four americans, including our ambassador to libya. this, as we're learning al-qaeda in yemen is offering a bounty for the murder of another one of our ambassadors. stay with us. questions? anyone have occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating? yeah. one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. approved! [ female announcer ] live the regular life. phillips'. we don't let frequent heartburn come between us and what we love. so if you're one of them people who gets heartburn and then treats day afr day... block the acid with prilosec otc and don't get heartburn in the first place! [ male announcer ] e pill eachmorning. 24 hours. zero heartbur if we took the alread
president obama doesn't propose serious budgets. >> sean: senator toomey, how is this going to work because speaker boehner tried to pass a plan b. the president in the meeting today is insisting on raising taxes on small business and individuals over $250,000. but yet he wants to work through the senate. how how does this get through the house when they couldn't get it with a million dollars limit? >> well, first -- >> sean: or a million dollars cutoff. >> i don't know where the threshold might end up in the negotiations. my suspicion is that is perhaps one of the topics under discussion and second point i would make i think a part of the reticence is because they were afraid what would happen when it got over to the senate. if there is a reason package that can attract a lot of republican support in the senate then i think the prospect in the house improves dramatically. all depends on what is in the deal but that is a scenario that i think is plausible. >> sean: gentlemen, thank you both for spending time. happy new year and appreciate you being with us. >> happy new year, sean. >> sean:
. president obama says 250,000, maybe i think 350,000 is the line. maybe someone else, 500,000, maybe someone else, 150. we can meet somewhere. >> that threshold is a big issue, how high do you extend the tax cuts. tom harkin says they offered keeping it 460,000 for couples. >>> we have watched the timetable kind of slide forward and backward today. a 1:00 deadline, three 3:00, then 6:30 and then 4:00. are you hearing anything about a timeline tonight? >> hearing the senate majority leader talking about tomorrow's schedule, coming back at 11:00 a.m., that seems to be punting into tomorrow and certainly things can move quickly when there's a deal but the question is, will there be a deal. >> mike emanuel, we'll bring you back as news warrants. >>> we want to go to the white house where president obama is keeping a eye on capitol hill. the president making his case and pressing lawmakers to reach a deal. when asked about the fiscal cliff in an interview today. ed henry is live from the white house. the president seemed to be aggressively pushing his message. >> he was. he's been briefed through
and we should get a better gauge of running off the cliff after the meetings. if the senators don't like it, it's a bad sign and president obama will left his hawaiian vacation to come and work on this, says if we do go off the cliff once again it would be very bad for the economy. >> we just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. the economy is growing, but keeping it that way means that the folks you sent to washington have to do their jobs. the housing market is healing and that could stall and people see smaller paychecks. >> reporter: and told us last night there's been no major progress. back to you. >> juliet: oh, well. >> dave: and we heard about on friday seemed to dried up. >> clayton: so cautious. >> juliet: i would say i appreciate cautious. >> clayton: well, much has been made about this $250,000 cap that's where the president initially wanted to raise the-- raise revenues taxing anyone over-- making over $250,000 for the household. so, $200,000 for a single person and $250,000 for a married couple. now, it seems like that number is being shifted be
. they saved my life and the life of four others who were at that meeting. gregg: another fox news alert. this new development in the fight over the fiscal crisis as lawmakers head home for the holidays. there are reports president obama is scaling back his hope for a sweeping budget bargain with republicans. welcome to a brand new hour of "america live". i'm gregg jarrett. heather: i'm heather childers. we're in for megyn kelly. the president reportedly looking to strike a smaller deal that would extend tax cuts for the middle class without tackling spending cuts as reports surfaced that the president hasn't spoken with speaker boehner since he expressed his frustration at a news conference on friday. take a listen. >> we passed a bill to stop all the tax hikes on the american people scheduled to take effect january the 1st and we did that on august the 1st. and we proposed plans over and over again that democrats used to support but now they won't. heather: chief white house correspondent ed henry is live for us in honolulu. that is where the president ising christmas with his family.
the key negotiators mitch mcconnell on the republican side and harry reid on the democratic side to meet with respective senators at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon and should hear whether they feel like they have a deal or are still is struggling and perhaps have to go to president obama's plan c. shannon? >> shannon: we'll stand by. we know you are on it. mike emanuel on capitol hill. thanks. you are now looking live at the senate floor where a session is underway. the opening prayer there now being carried out asking for are wisdom and guidance for senators as they have a lot of work potentially ahead. shortly we should have is opening remarks from the majority leader, of course, senator are harry reid and then mitch mcconnell also expected. maybe first clues as to whether or not they hammered anything out. they complete the pledge now and then it is back to business. we'll keep you updated with any development there's. we have been asking you today to give us your input on a fiscal cliff. there are some lawmakers who say going over the cliff may actually be a food thing. do you agree or dis
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